Abdullah Soliman Nouraldeen

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Preparing for postgraduate research
Saudi Arabia

My pre-sessional course helps me to be well acquainted with all academic skills related to being a PhD researcher such as critical thinking, reading and writing, being an independent learner and researcher, summarising, paraphrasing and synthesising. 

It also prepares me to be familiar with presentation and discussion skills and writing in different genres such as exploratory research, case study and literature review.

I chose to study the pre-sessional English course with postgraduate researcher route, because it has been mentioned by students who have studied this course before, [who said] it helped them considerably to develop their academic skills as well as preparing them properly to begin their PhD studies.

Abdullah studied Postgraduate pre-sessional English and Language for Postgraduate Research.


Currently I am a prospective PhD student in Arabic-English translation (Qur’an translation) in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds. 

My research will be under the supervision of Professor James Dickins and Dr Mustapha Sheikh.


Nouraldeen, A.S. 2015. Meaning and context: three different perspectives. British Journal of English Linguistics. 3(2), pp.13-17.

Nouraldeen, A.S. and Elyas, T. Learning English in Saudi Arabia: A socio-cultural perspective. International Journal of English Language and Linguistics Research. 2(3), pp. 56-78.

I also participated in developing a Wikipedia Page “Educational Technology in Saudi Arabia”.


I have a BA in English Language Education from Jeddah Teachers’ College, Saudi Arabia (2005), and an MA in English Linguistics from King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia (2014). 

I taught English as a foreign language (EFL) in Ibn-khaldoun Secondary School in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for ten years (2006 – 2016). I then went to Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia as a lecturer to teach EFL and English for specific purposes (2016 – now).